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Newcastle Squad Off To Japan In Preseason

Newcastle have announced they will travel in pre-season to Japan.

With the squad due to play a couple of games in Melbourne, Australia immediately this Premier League season ends – that’s a lot of air travel for the lads.

This is more detail posted on the Newcastle website about the tour:

Newcastle United will travel to Japan in preparation for the 2024/25 Premier League season after being invited to take part in the ‘J.League International Series 2024 powered by docomo’.

As part of the 2024 event, the Magpies will arrive in Tokyo on Sunday, 28th July before taking on 2022 AFC Champions League winners Urawa Red Diamonds at the 63,700-capacity Saitama Stadium on Wednesday, 31st July. Kick-off is at 7:30pm (all local times).

Eddie Howe’s side will then face last season’s J.League runners-up Yokohama F. Marinos – managed by former Leeds and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell – at the impressive Japan National Stadium on Saturday, 3rd August. Kick-off is at 7pm.

Ticket information and further details – including plans for supporter events in Tokyo – will be confirmed in due course.

Eddie Howe said:

“We are pleased to be visiting Japan this summer. It’s an amazing country and it will be a unique experience for our players, staff and supporters.”

“We will be taking on two strong teams at two special stadiums, and I’m sure they will present the type of physical tests we need at that time as we build towards next season.”

The J.League has attracted several heavyweights of European football in recent years, with Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Sevilla all previously travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun to participate.

Last year, clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Celtic also participated in their own friendly matches in Japan in preparation for their respective 2023/24 campaigns, while UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they will return to play in Osaka this summer as part of an Asian tour.

Newcastle United’s chief commercial officer, Peter Silverstone, said:

“We thank J.League and docomo for inviting the club to be part of what has become a hugely popular series in the Japanese football calendar.”

“Newcastle United has fan communities in Japan and across Asia, and this is an exciting opportunity for the club play in front of local and travelling supporters on an iconic stage as we continue to grow our presence globally.”

“Meanwhile, we want to connect and engage with partners both in the UK and in other key territories. As we step out in our new adidas kits, for example, we will be wearing a brand that has a long-established and special connection with Japanese sport and culture, and that presents unique mutual opportunities.”

“For any pre-season tour, our aim is to support the needs of our teams during this crucial period and the players will train and play at elite facilities in Japan.”

“We are continuing to work collaboratively on our overall pre-season schedule and hope to announce additional matches in the UK and Europe soon.”

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171 comments so far

  • Not another deJong

    May 15, 2024 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #161

    Saw it mentioned that MU do not have a recognised left back and the replacements are right footed. Playing Almiron on our right wing would be playing into their hands.

  • Zele

    May 15, 2024 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #162


    ManU feel it’s almost their right to be in the Champions League and look down with distain on clubs like ourselves and Villa for qualifying, almost not worthy to be in a higher position than them.

    In contrast we have ambition to play in the Champions League by our ability to qualify.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 15, 2024 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #163

    This would be my team for tonight…


    Tripps (if fit) Krafth Burn Hall
    Longstaff Bruno Jo
    Murphy Isak Gordon

    I would have Murphy playing deep to help Tripps with Garnacho but he has the pace to get forward quickly and drop back quick to cover Tripps when he makes his runs. This is where Murphy’s pace and rate makes him a big asset.

    Plus… if Tripps plays those passes inside the FB Murphy will cross with his right instead of Miggy who wastes those passes all too often by doubling back on his left.

    I wouldn’t be amiss with Tino instead of Tripps but as I’ve said before I think Tripps big game experience will be a plus tonight.

    Fernabdez playing or not will be a big factor, his goal scoring threat is a massive plus for Man U from open play and free kicks.

    I’m going for a tight game…

    3-0 to us 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 15, 2024 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #164
  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #165

    Allegedly EH prefers Ramsdale but for the same price I really like the Georgian guy at Valencia.

  • cyprus

    May 15, 2024 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #166

    Trips has been out too long to be fully ready for this. They’ll be counting on the wings to do damage.

    Hope that other Bruno doesn’t start, head and shoulders their best player. Hope Rashford doesn’t start either, would be typical he comes back to get his mojo back.

    I think we’ve never ever finished above Man U… Hope this isn’t an unwritten “rule”, like it is for us to finish above Brighton.

  • Not another deJong

    May 15, 2024 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #167

    🙂 🙂 🙂
    Good to see Lee Sharpe
    😉 😉 😉

  • cyprus

    May 15, 2024 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #168

    Off for now.

    Remember, don’t panic if we go 1-0 down, we like to even things out, give opposition a chance you see.

    If, however, we go 3-0 down, panic!

  • Davas

    May 15, 2024 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #169


    😀 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 15, 2024 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #170

    I don’t see how Ramsdale fits in here when Arteta got rid of him for not having the qualities we actually need from.a keeper.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 15, 2024 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #171


    Trossard has actually overtaken Martinelli this season and no starts more often than him. Started more often in the second half of the season and has 17 goals to Martinelli’s 8.

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